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What's New: Canada's ‘dirty oil’ climate change dilemma

by Tama Muru | September 11, 2016

When Hanna Fridhed welcomed us into her home in Fort McMurray last month, there was no door to walk through and no windows to look out of, just the charred remains of a house obliterated by fire. The culprit? The Beast – the name given to the massive wildfire that swept through northern Alberta in Canada in May, destroying parts of Fort McMurray and forcing the evacuation of its roughly 90,000 residents.



Bullet #1303: Corbyn's Manifesto on Digital Democracy

| September 11, 2016

Technological advancements have transformed our daily lives, and politics is changing too. The issues may not change that much – people want decent housing and decent jobs, they want access to education and opportunity, they want thriving public services and a society which works for the millions not just the millionaires. But the terrain on which opinions are formed is changing.



What's New: Bolivia’s government sides with workers in conflict with bosses in mining cooperatives

| September 10, 2016

The articles below describe and analyze a major confrontation in Bolivia in recent months that ended tragically in several deaths and blew up an uneasy alliance between the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) government headed by Evo Morales and an incipient bourgeoisie in the mining industry.



What's New: The implosion of Venezuela's rentier state

by Edgardo Lander | September 10, 2016

The current crisis of the Bolivarian project is due to its failure to question the rentier petro-state model. Far from accepting that an alternative to capitalism necessarily had to be a departure from the destructive development model of unlimited growth, the government of President Chávez intensified it to extremes unknown in the country’s previous history.



What's New: The Summer of Consultations: Ottawa and the Theatre of Listening

by Alex Tétreault | September 9, 2016

Last spring, the Premiers of the country met in Vancouver. The meeting led to the Vancouver Declaration on Clean Growth and Climate Change. This meeting was the follow-up to the government committing to 1.5 degrees’ maximum of global warming in Paris, last fall.



What's New: Who Profited From the $440-Billion Greek Bailout? Not Greeks

by Jack Rasmus | September 9, 2016

This week marks the first anniversary of the 2015 Greek debt crisis, the third in that country's recent history since 2010. Last Aug. 20-21, 2015, the 'Troika'—i.e., the pan-European institutions of the European Commission (EC), the European Central Bank (ECB), plus the IMF-imposed a third debt deal on Greece. Greece was given US$98 billion in loans from the Troika. A previous 2012 Troika imposed debt deal had added nearly US$200 billion to an initial 2010 debt deal of US$140 billion.



What's New: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age: There Are No Shortcuts

by Jane McAlevey | September 8, 2016

For several decades in the middle of the last century, millions of workers of all ethnicities woke up on Labor Day each year and headed for their local Labor Day march. Arm in arm they walked down the streets, singing songs of solidarity. It’s no accident that in those same years, income inequality was falling, not rising. The day in, day out preoccupation of people deeply concerned about promoting positive, progressive social change back then was building a strong workers’ movement.



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12:30pm, Monday October 17, 2016
York University, York Lanes 280N, Toronto.



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Labour forum: Understanding the 'Gig Economy'

Understanding the 'Gig Economy'
The Global Labour Research Centre (York University), the Socialist Project, and the Centre for Social Justice are pleased to host a talk on "Understanding the 'Gig Economy': the Political Economy of Platform Capitalism."

with Ursula Huws, Professor of Labour and Globalisation, University of Hertfordshire.

The recent explosive growth of online platforms for managing labour has brought mixed responses. Is it a prefigurative model of a new post-capitalist form of work organisation? Or is capitalism up to its old tricks? Drawing on recent research on 'crowd work' in Europe, Ursula Huws will provide a critical analysis of platform capitalism, placing it in the context of the new wave of restructuring and accumulation following the 2007-7 financial crisis.

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